No senior should have to wait for the nutritious meals and daily visits from a trusted volunteer that enable them to remain healthy and safe at home. But due to funding failing to keep pace with the need, this is the reality for thousands of our nation’s most vulnerable seniors.
Now is the time for us to come together to raise awareness about this growing gap and spark action in our communities. Join us in telling Congress that #SeniorsCantWait.
“It’s so sad that there is so much need, but not enough government funding. We have the infrastructure to cook and deliver those meals in our kitchen. Over the last few years, charitable funding for meals has been the only growth opportunity for us.”
– Betsy Cox, VNA Meals on Wheels in Dallas, TX
Between now and December 9, Congress will make federal funding decisions impacting Meals on Wheels programs nationwide. There are two actions you can take now to support our seniors:
Email or call your Members of Congress and tell them that one senior on one waiting list is one too many. Urge them to increase funding for Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs, like Meals on Wheels, in a final FY 2017 agreement and to take one major step towards eliminating waiting lists altogether.
Participate in the #SeniorsCantWait conversation on social media. Follow Meals on Wheels America on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for frequent updates and use these helpful tools to keep the conversation going now through December.
When we work together, we can make an even bigger impact in the lives of seniors. Together, We Can Deliver.™
Whether you are a senior, caregiver or professional in the field of aging, The Southwestern CT Agency on Aging is here to help you meet the challenges of aging!